Bettman: NHL's latest offer a significant step

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Bettman: NHL's latest offer a significant step

The NHL and its players union proved Tuesday that when you lock four men ina room, the wheels of progress begin to turn.For the first time all summer, progress has come in the form of a newproposal by the NHL owners that commissioner Gary Bettman called deemed significant.We believe that we made a significant, meaningful step, Bettman toldreporters after emerging from a meeting that included NHL deputy commissionerBill Daly, NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr and his deputy Steve Fehr.Fehr said he will present the contents of the new proposal to the leagues700-plus players and return to the bargaining table on Wednesday.Its a proposal that we intend to respond to, Fehr said. Ill leave it atthat.How the players respond to the proposal will go a long way in determining ifthe NHL will have a work stoppage when the current Collective BargainingAgreement expires on Sept. 15.Since beginning negotiations in June the two sides have presented two verydifferent proposals and Tuesday marked the first movement by either side on thoseproposals. Bettman indicated the leagues new plan brings together the two proposals ina way that should promote more productive talks between the two sides.Im trying to get us on to the same page, Bettman said. Im trying to getus on to a common language.With a lockout looming and players already skating at team facilities, Fehrsreaction to Wednesdays contract talks will be a significant barometer ofwhether training camps will open as scheduled on Sept. 21.

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Bryce Harper returns to lineup as the Nationals host the Marlins

Bryce Harper returns to lineup as the Nationals host the Marlins

Nats (93-66) vs. Miami Marlins (78-80) at Nationals Park

At long last, we've reached the final series of the regular season. The Nationals will host the Miami Marlins in a weekend set that will likely determine playoff seeding. Washington's magic number to clinch home-field advantage over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the division series is two, so a win and a Los Angeles loss could sew it up on Friday night.

Seeding aside, the biggest development heading into this game is the return of Bryce Harper, who's back in the lineup after missing four games with a thumb injury. Prior to the injury, Harper had hits in five out of his previous seven games. The Nats have to hope he can pick up where he left off.   

Right hander A.J. Cole, who is currently appealing his five-game suspension as a result of Sunday’s brouhaha with the Pittsburgh Pirates, will get the start tonight. The 24-year-old is 1-2 with a 5.09 ERA. He’ll be opposed by the Marlins Andrew Cashner (5-11, 5.13 ERA).

First pitch: 7:05 p.m.
TV: MASN2
Radio: 106.7 The Fan
Starting pitchers: Nats - A.J. Cole vs. Miami Marlins - Andrew Cashner

NATS 

CF Trea Turner
LF Jayson Werth
RF Bryce Harper
3B Anthony Rendon
2B Stephen Drew
1B Clint Robinson
SS Danny Espinosa
C Jose Lobaton
RHP A.J. Cole

MARLINS

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Cravens declared NFL Clutch Performer of the Week

Cravens declared NFL Clutch Performer of the Week

Redskins rookie Su'a Cravens has been named the Castrol Edge Clutch Performer of Week 3 on NFL.com for his interception against Eli Manning on Sunday.

With the Redskins clinging to a 29-27 lead, Cravens picked off Manning late in the fourt quarter. It was certainly a good time for him to make his first career interception as the pick sealed the Redskins' first win of the season.

You can see a replay of the interception here.

Cravens' interception beat out Jay Ajayi's game-winning touchdown run for the Miami Dolpins, Justin Tucker's game-winning field goal, T.Y. Hilton's winning touchod catch and Robert Quinn's late sack.

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